Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said while the Iran deal was "a flawed agreement" because of a lack of unfettered inspections and other problems, leaving the deal isolates the USA and Trump should have extended it for at least another six months to work with allies.
Speaking on "Fox News Sunday", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said withdrawing from the 2015 accord wasn't aimed at Europeans, but he didn't rule out the USA imposing sanctions on entities that continue to do business with Iran, even as efforts continue to strike a new deal. "We are certain that today China is by our side".
This could in turn lead to a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia also planning a nuclear program unless Iran is kept under check.
European governments tried for months to persuade Trump to stick with the deal but failed, and now fear it will raise the risk of conflict in the region.
Governments of European Union heavyweights Britain, France, and Germany also lashed out at Washington's withdrawal from the accord.
"The president has to make a decision, where America's interests lie; and it did not lie in continuing this deal". In retaliation to the attacks on Iran's military systems in Syria, prominent Iranian cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami threatened attack on two of Israel's most important cities if the Jewish nation continued on its "foolish" ways.
President Hassan Rouhani had said on Tuesday that Tehran would remain in the deal, provided its benefits stayed in force under its remaining signatories.
Asked whether the United States sanctions will hit the Chabahar port project, Kumar said it was too early to analyse and come up with conclusions about implications of U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal.
"There is a realization among all European states what we can not keep going in the direction we are headed today whereby we submit to American decisions", said French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire.
French exports to Iran doubled last year to €1.5 billion, while German exports rose by €400 million last year to €3 billion.
Later, India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a trilateral pact providing for transport of goods among the three countries through the port.
"We are ready to talk to all the companies concerned about what we can do to minimize the negative consequences", he told Deutschlandfunk radio, according to Reuters. "That means, it is concretely about damage limitation". The announcement triggered USA plans to reimpose sanctions on the Islamic Republic within roughly three to six months. Grenell told Bild newspaper.
"We could have pushed the Europeans a lot harder, to work with us", Gates said on "Face the Nation".
"If everybody does what they like, then this is bad news for the world.", Merkel said during a church event in the western German city of Muenster.
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